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Are these Spiny Devilfish? And if so, what are they doing?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by djhenryhall, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. djhenryhall

    djhenryhall Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: New York, New York, United States
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    I believe these odd-shaped bottom dwellers are two variations of the Spiny Devilfish. I have not been able to identified the behavior demonstrated in this video. Is this a failed attempt at mating? or this behavior something else? Can someone help me with this fish ID?

    I observed this while diving off the coast of Dumaguete in the Philippines.

     

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